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Lemon Chicken Pasta

I like to cook this dish for date night. For some reason I have always found something fancy about cooked whole garlic.  I love cooking with wine because I enjoy the flavor it adds. If you don’t like wine then don’t cook with it because you won’t like the dish.

I found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but it can also be found online.

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If you have ZERO ingredients and cooking with wine then this recipe will cost about $32.42 as of December 2022.

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $27.42.

If you have ZERO ingredients and cooking with broth then this recipe will cost about $23.42 as of December 2022.

  • If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $18.42.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 6

Serving size: 4 oz chicken and 1/6 of pasta

  • I usually use a 1/4 cup and split among 6 plates or containers until I run out of pasta.

Equipment needed: 1 skillet, pasta pot and large serving bowl  

Total time: 30~40 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. A fully stocked pantry will give you a savings of about $5.00.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $5.00 as of December 2022

  • olive oil $2.88
  • flour $2.12


Total with WINE: $27.42 as of December 2022

Total with BROTH: $18.42 as of December 2022

  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast $8.05
  • 1 box angel hair pasta $0.98
  • 1 garlic clove $0.67
  • White Wine $10.00
  • 14.5 oz Chicken Broth $1.00

    **No need to buy if cooking with wine

  • 2 lemons $1.08
  • parmesan reggiano $3.68
  • fresh parsley $0.98
  • fresh thyme $1.98

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Heat 12″ fry pan over medium high heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add chicken 3~4 minutes per side until chicken reaches 165°. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  3. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente.
  4. Meanwhile add 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic to 12″ fry pan over medium heat. Cook until garlic is lightly browned about 1 minute. 
  5. Stir in 1.5 cups of wine or broth to the pan loosening up brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until liquid is reduced by 1/2.
  6. Add the lemon juice and cook for 2 more minutes and turn off heat.
  7. Remove 1/2 cup of pasta water; set aside. Drain the remainder of the pasta water. 
  8. Place pasta in a large serving bowl and add:
    • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1/3 cup parsley
    • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
    • garlic sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper 
  9.  Stir well. Add reserved pasta water to reach desired sauce thickness. 
  10. Serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 7 – Family of 4

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